The Team

Sheffield University (Economics)

Jennifer Roberts (PI)

Jenny is Professor of Economics at the University of Sheffield. She largely works in the areas of applied econometrics, health and well-being. Her work developing the SF-6D health valuation algorithm is highly cited and the SF-6D has been readily adopted by the pharmaceutical industry and policy makers; it is managed commercially by Fusion IP Licensing. Jenny is used to working in multidisciplinary teams and with policy makers. She managed a large NHS SDO project with health care decision makers and was the economist on a number of NICE clinical guideline groups. She has led projects funded by: National Institute for Health Research Methods Programme; Welsh Assembly; Anglo German Foundation.


Newcastle University (Psychology)

Vera Araujo-Soares

Vera is Senior Lecturer in Health Psychology, Newcastle University, with 14 years experience in behaviour change in research and clinical settings in Portugal (1997-2006), Scotland (2007-2010) and England (since 2010). Vera has considerable experience working in multidisciplinary teams involving public health experts, consultants and allied health professionals and funded by major national funders. Current focus is on physical activity, including walking and cycling as means of transport, and the development of novel physical activity interventions for older people as part of the UK research council’s lifelong health and wellbeing LIVEWELL programme.


Falko Sniehotta

Dr Sniehotta completed his PhD in Psychology (2004) at the Free University in Berlin. After six years as Lecturer (2004-2008) and Senior Lecturer (2008-2010) at the University of Aberdeen, he joined Newcastle University in 2010 as Reader in Health Psychology. Dr Sniehotta’s research aims to understand the health-related behaviour of health professionals (e.g., provision of evidence based care, implementation of guidelines), patients (e.g., adherence) and healthy individuals (e.g., lifestyle behaviours) across the lifespan. This work involves the development and application of psychological theory. His theoretical work focuses on how people translate health-conducive intentions into sustained behaviour change, inspired by compelling evidence showing that knowledge and motivation alone are not enough to achieve widespread reduction of behavioural risk factors.  His applied work focuses on the development and evaluation of complex interventions following MRC guidance for a range of behaviours and populations across the life-course. This work is interdisciplinary in nature, informed by evidence, theory and user involvement. Dr Sniehotta is a senior investigator in Fuse, the Newcastle-based UK Clinical Research Collaboration Centre of Excellence for Translation Research in Public Health, which has recently become one of the first provisional members of the NIHR School for Public Health Research in the North East. Dr Sniehotta’s research is committed to evidence-based public health science, knowledge translation and public involvement and dissemination. Dr Sniehotta is president of the European Health Psychology Society and associate editor of Health Psychology Review and on the editorial boards of The Annals of Behavioral Medicine, Psychology & Health, the British Journal of Health Psychology and Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being. His research is funded a range of funders including the Medical Research Council and the National Institute of Health Research.


Bronia Arnott

Bronia is a Senior Research Associate within the Health Psychology team at Newcastle University. Her main interests are the issues affecting the physical and mental health of children and families. She takes a developmental approach to health psychology and is interested in prevention and early intervention. Her current work addresses behaviour change in the areas of physical activity and obesity. Bronia has expertise in longitudinal studies and skills in pilot feasibility projects as precursors to full scale large controlled trials. She has experience of working on multi-disciplinary projects and in large teams, and also with children, families and practioners. She also has training in both quantitative and qualitative analyses. Bronia completed her PhD and BA (Hons) in Psychology at Durham University and worked there working there as a Research Associate before moving to Newcastle in 2011.


Lancaster University (Computer Science)

Nigel Davies

Nigel is Professor of Computer Science, Lancaster University. Nigel’s work in the area of mobile and ubiquitous computing is characterized by an experimental approach involving large-scale deployments of novel systems. In the GUIDE project (EPSRC) he created one of the first location-based mobile city guide systems; this remains heavily cited and was widely reported in the academic and popular press. He currently leads academic activity in the Technology Strategy Board funded Our Travel project, exploring how mobile social networking can be used to change the travel behaviours of entire communities. Most recently he was awarded a new TSB/EPSRC grant FAITH: Building Trust Between Citizens, Local Authorities and Contractors. Nigel is a consultant CTO for In Touch Ltd – a company that develops software solutions for the maintainers of the UK’s transport infrastructure.


Mike Harding

As a senior research associate in the School of Computing & Communications (SCC) at Lancaster University Mike’s research explores the application of novel mobile & ubiquitous technologies combined with social computing (crowd-sourcing, participatory sensing) to address real-world problems with a particular focus on understanding and influencing mass travel behaviours (OurTravel, Reflect, Sixth Sense) through large-scale field studies. In addition, Mike’s research interests include the development of new technologies that aim to build & sustain trusted relationships between the public, local authorities and contractor stakeholders involved in highways maintenance activities  in order to minimise the widespread operational inefficiencies and reduce cost (Faith Project).


Christopher Winstanley

Christopher is a research associate for the School of Computing & Communications (SCC) at Lancaster University. Christopher’s research explores the application of novel mobile & ubiquitous technologies with a particular focus on understanding and influencing mass travel behaviours (Reflect, Sixth Sense). This is exhibited through large-scale field studies and small impact studies.


Loughborough University (User-Centred Design)

Tracy Ross

Tracy is is Research Fellow, Design School, Loughborough University. Tracy’s research focuses on: (i) user-centred design approaches to support the development of grass-roots innovations for sustainable transport; (ii) the real-world impact of transport innovation via personal mobile devices. This work is conducted in collaboration with commercial partners and clients. Recent projects include: Ideas in Transit (EPSRC, TSB, DfT) – user-centred design implications of non-conventional sources of innovation to improve the UK transport system. TeleFOT (EU) – real-world, long-term assessments of the impact of nomadic devices on transport. VALUED LBS (EPSRC) – tackling poor uptake of location based services early in the decade. REGIONAL (EPSRC) – proposing new concepts for next-generation navigation systems.


Luis C. R. Oliveira

Luis is a member of the User Centred Design Research Group at the Loughborough Design School. He has a bachelor’s degree in Social Communication and Advertising (UFMG, Brazil). Luis had been working with interaction design to produce web services and mobile applications. His PhD research investigated ways to reduce domestic energy consumption through technological behaviour change interventions. In REFLECT his area of interest is the way in which technology could be designed to capture and influence travel behaviour.


Queen Mary University (Mathematics)

Rosemary J. Harris

Rosemary is Lecturer in Applied Mathematics at Queen Mary, University of London (QMUL). She has a background in the field of non-equilibrium statistical mechanics; these tools can be applied to many complex systems, especially those characterised by driven transport of matter or information. Rosemary will work closely with Eddie Willson on modelling but will take the lead in the complexity science component of the project. Rosemary is particularly interested in studying fluctuations around average behaviour and related extreme events. In addition to more abstract work, her publications include studies of toy models for network-based financial agents, biological transport and, notably, vehicular traffic. Recently she was awarded a pump-priming grant (EPSRC/MRC Discipline Bridging Initiative) for a project studying noise in ion channels in collaboration with a neuroscientist colleague.


Bristol University (Modelling and Simulation)

Eddie R. Wilson

Eddie is Professor of Modelling and Simulation in the Transportation Research Group (TRG), University of Southampton. He will provide data modelling input, as well as expertise in Intelligent Transport Systems. He currently holds an EPSRC Advanced Research Fellowship in highway traffic modelling. Eddie’s background is in applied mathematics and its application to real-world engineering problems; his work on stop-and-go waves is particularly well-known, featuring several times on prime-time television. He was co-I on the largescale Engineering Mathematics grants: Bristol Centre for Applied Nonlinear Mathematics and Applied Nonlinear Mathematics: Making it Real. Eddie has extensive experience in working with industry (including 5 CASE / EngD awards) and is a prominent member of the European Study Groups with Industry mathematical modelling community. Eddie serves on the EPSRC Mathematics Strategic Advisory Team, the scientific committee of the Smith Institute for Industrial Mathematics and Systems Engineering, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications.

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